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Of course the entire process depends on Albertan natural gas, which is officially in decline now.
Gas shortages hit storage facilities
Refinery calamities, increased maintenance crimp supplies
Shortages of gasoline at regional bulk storage facilities, including Williams Pipeline in Mankato, are causing headaches and long hours for tanker truck drivers who have to chase to nearby states to supply local gas stations.
The situation has become dire enough that the governors of Minnesota and the Dakotas issued emergency orders allowing commercial truck drivers hauling fuel to drive more hours than they normally can.
“The shortfalls in supplies are due to lower volumes of gas coming from regional refineries,” said Bruce Heine of Magellan Pipeline, the Tulsa-based gas distributor that owns Williams and four other terminals in Minnesota.
“We’re just one hurricane away from the five state area having no gas supply. The last time the hurricanes hit the Gulf, we had a lot of supply up here and we still had a bad time. Now, we don’t have any supply so we’d really have a problem.”
Shortage fuel for concern
Benny Polacca, The Forum
Published Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Motorists are feeling the effect of fuel shortages at pipeline terminals across the nation: higher prices and tighter supplies at service stations.
“There’s too many variables to find out where gas prices will move,” LaDoucer said. Factors include higher consumer demands during weekends and holidays, the cost of shipping gas to service stations and burdens on refinery operations.
“It’s definitely a concern,” Mike Rud, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association, said of recent gas shortages. “We haven’t seen this type of crisis in a long while.”
Rud said Tuesday the Magellan pipeline terminal in West Fargo is out until Thursday. Once the Magellan terminal reopens, a limited number of loads – from 30 to 50 – could be available, he said.
One load of gasoline contains between 10,000 and 12,000 gallons, he said.
Terminals in Grand Forks and Jamestown in North Dakota are also suffering from closures until later this week, Rud said.
Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said there was a supply problem, mostly in the middle and western areas of the state, even before Coffeyville shut down.
Some Nebraska terminals have temporarily run out of fuel, he said, forcing retail station operators to shop around for gasoline. "It creates some panic buying," he said.
Bruce Heine, spokesman for Magellan in Tulsa, Okla., confirmed that some terminals have run out of fuel "from a few hours to a day or longer" recently, the result of other refineries being offline for maintenance or, in the case of one in Oklahoma, because of a lightning strike. Magellan supplies terminals in Omaha, Lincoln and Doniphan, Neb.
sjn wrote:Given the apparent shortage spreading from the midwest, can last weeks inventory build be accuarate? The weekly report numbers are based on a sample, right? Maybe like the WTI/Cushing crude build the sample is non-representative of overall levels?
killJOY wrote:I can't find definitions of "PADD" here, nor where these districts are located. I know I've seen this before but don't feel like digging through a thousand pages to find it.
If you look at this link, for PADD II, you will see gasoline stocks are significantly below normal ranges in the Midwest - although not quite as bad as in May:
I don't get it. In my neck of the midwestern woods gasoline has dropped to under three bucks a gallon, even with oil at near $73. It has dropped almost 70 cents in the past four weeks! Since I'm located just outside Chicago, perhaps all the available stuff is being diverted here. At any rate, the price is dropping like a stone.
Governor Declares State Of Emergency Related To Fuel
OMAHA, Neb. -- Truckers spent more than an hour waiting to fill up with fuel for delivery as some gas pumps ran dry across the state on Wednesday.
Nebraska's governor has issued an executive order that will allow gasoline truck drivers to alter their hours of service.
Gov. Dave Heineman's executive order said that supplies are unusually tight, so he is waiving Nebraska Revised Statute 75-363, which deals with the hours truck drivers can stay on the state's road before they are required to take a break.
Heineman's order said fuel haulers are "experiencing much longer time waiting in supply lines at all available terminals, and the extra time is creating hardship for gasoline and diesel fuel supply."
Nebraska Gas Pumps Run Dry
Cobra_Strike wrote:Odd though, if it were not for this site...I would not know about shortages in Nebraska at all.
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